Ford's Theatre 2010-2011 Season Opens With "Sabrina Fair"

Samuel A. Taylor | 9/7/2010, 10:04 a.m.

Production Directed By Stephen Rayne Runs October 1-24, 2010

The Ford's Theatre 2010-2011 Season Opens With Sabrina Fair By Samuel A. Taylor, October 1-24, 2010. Stephen Rayne (The Heavens Are Hung In Black) Returns To Directs This Delightful Modern Twist On The Cinderella Story. The Production Features Susan Heyward As Sabrina With Todd Gearhart And Tom Story As The Charming Larrabee Brothers.

Additional Casting Includes John Dow As Linus Larrabee, Sr., Helen Hedman As Maude Larrabee, Kimberly Schraf As Julia, And Craig Wallace As Fairchild.
With Sparkling Wit And Intelligence, Sabrina Fair Considers True Love Hindered By Class, Race And Social Conventions. When The Daughter Of The Larrabees' Chauffeur Returns From Five Years In Paris, She Bewitches The Larrabee Brothers With Her Youthful Vitality And Newly Found Sophistication.

Largely Ignored As A Child, Sabrina Now Finds Suitors At Every Turn, Including The Handsome Playboy David, For Whom She Has Always Harbored Affection. But Is David The Right Larrabee Brother For Her?

"Samuel A. Taylor's Sabrina Fair Is A Wonderful Social Comedy That Has Largely Been Ignored For The Last Fifty Years," Said Director Stephen Rayne. "We Have Given The Story A Fresh Perspective By Casting Black Actors In The Roles Of Sabrina And Her Father Fairchild And, With No Changes To The Script, Have Cast A New Light On The Struggles Faced In Relationships Across Lines Of Race And Class.

This Simple Change Invites Audiences To Look At A Story Made Famous By Movie Adaptations With Fresh Eyes And Adds A Contemporary Resonance That Many May Not Expect To Find In Such An Engaging Comedy."

Sabrina Fair Is Made Possible By Lead Sponsor Oshkosh Corporation And Sponsors Visa, Inc. And Lockheed Martin Corporation. Ford's Theatre's 2010-2011 Season Sponsors Are The Home Depot And Chevron. Media Partner City Shopgirl Provides Promotional Support Throughout The Run.

The Director
Stephen Rayne Returns To Ford's Theatre For The First Time Since Directing The World Premiere Production Of The Heavens Are Hung In Black During The 2009 Reopening Season. Rayne's Directorial Credits Include The Mambo-, Jazz-, And Bolero-Infused Havana Rakatan (Cuba, London), Productions Of A View From The Bridge, A Christmas Carol, Hay Fever, Closer, Equus And House And Garden At The Alley Theatre, Macbeth For The New York Arts Festival And Productions Of Athol Fugard's Blood Knot In St. Louis And Chicago.

Additionally, Rayne Has Directed Productions For The Royal Shakespeare Company (The Plantagenets, Twelfth Night, Venus And Adonis, Totem, All God's Chillun Got Wings And Kiss Me, Kate!), London's National Theatre (Peter Grimes, The Relapse, The Coast Of Utopia), Hampstead Theatre And Royal Opera House, Among Others. Rayne Is Currently Developing Productions Of Gone With The Wind (Korea) And Tango Eterno (Buenos Aires).

The Cast
Susan Heyward Makes Her Washington Debut In The Title Role. Heyward's New York Credits Include Ruined At The Manhattan Theatre Club, Nathan The Wise And The Oedipus Cycle At The Pearl Theatre And I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda With The Phoenix Ensemble. She Has Performed Regularly With The American Shakespeare Center Appearing In Romeo And Juliet, Antony And Cleopatra, Pericles, Othello, The Winter's Tale And The Tempest. Heyward's Tv Credits Include The Role Of Feyonce In The 2010 Season Finale Episode Of Nbc's 30 Rock.

Todd Gearhart Makes His Ford's Theatre Debut As Linus Larrabee, Jr. New York Credits Include Multiple Productions With The Actors Company Theatre Including Private Lives Revealed: The Letters Of Noel Coward And The Eccentricities Of A Nightingale; And Productions For Playwright Horizons, Vineyard Theater And Nyc Fringe. Regional Credits Include Performances At The Alliance Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, New Harmony, Barter Theatre And O'neil Playwright's Conference. Gearhart's Television Credits Include Lipstick Jungle, Law And Order, All My Children, As The World Turns
And The Guiding Light.

Tom Story Makes His Ford's Theatre Debut As David Larrabee. His Many Washington Credits Include The Helen Hayes-Nominated Performances Of Bernard In A Number And Young Houseman In The Invention Of Love At Studio Theatre, And Sir Andrew Aguecheek In Twelfth Night At The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Regional Credits Include Performances At Mccarter Theatre, Yale Repertory And Seattle Repertory. Story Spent Nine Seasons At The Berkshire Theatre Festival With Roles Including Mordred In Camelot, Peter In The Heidi Chronicles, Venticelli In Amadeus And Tom In The Glass Menagerie.

The Cast Also Includes John Dow, Helen Hedman, Bolton Marsh, Donna Migliaccio, Tonya Beckman Ross, Kimberly Schraf And Craig Wallace With Michael Morrow Hammack, Casie Platt, Julia Proctor And Derek Kahn Thompson.

The Designers

Scenic Designer Daniel Lee Conway Has Designed A Creamy White Estate And Gardens Complete With Structured Topiary, Ivy-Covered Archways And Private Balcony For The Ford's Production. Outfitted In 1950s Styles And Tailoring By Costume Designer Wade Laboissonniere, The Larrabee Family's Pastel World Is Transformed With The Return Of The Vibrant Young Sabrina. The Sabrina Fair Design Team Also Includes Lighting Designer Pat Collins, Sound Design By John Gromada, Prop Designer Marie Schneggenburger, Wig Design By Anne Nesmith And Dialect Coach Lynn Watson.